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In a story similar to the plot of the film Castaway starring Tom Hanks, Jose Ivan was found on the atoll having floated 8,000 miles from Mexico

FILM / The Oscar Nominations

So it may, after all, be Steven Spielberg's year: Schindler's List leads the field with 12 nominations, Jurassic Park is competing in three technical categories, and Spielberg may finally win the Oscar that has so long eluded him, for Best Director.

Travel: Seatless down in Alicante: Last week Simon Calder got lucky. This week the bucket-shop bogey took revenge

IT WAS too good to last - and, sure enough, the bogey of bucket-shop travel took a swift and harsh revenge. Frank Barrett's column last week reported my surprise and immense good fortune at having a wad of crisp pounds 20 notes pressed into my palm by British Rail. I had missed my flight from Stansted to Paris because of a substantial train delay - and the money was BR's immediate response.

FILM / Some kind of wonderful: Anthony Minghella would like you to forget Sleepless in Seattle. He tells Sheila Johnston why

YOU'D think it was enough to make a highly regarded film, one which won awards and proved its commercial mettle on both sides of the Atlantic. It should be enough, too, to be a respected writer in a range of media, for theatre (Made in Bangkok), television (What If It's Raining?; Inspector Morse) and radio (Hang Up; Coffee and Cigarettes). But no: none of the above sufficed for the wonderful world of movie promotion, and when Anthony Minghella's first film, Truly, Madly, Deeply, began to attract attention, it was pitched, almost inevitably, as the thinking person's Ghost.

FILM / At long last, the look of love is back: Thomas Sutcliffe watches Architecture of the Imagination and finds steps in the wrong direction

At a key juncture in Sleepless in Seattle heroine Meg Ryan's exasperated best friend chastises her for watching An Affair to Remember (again) and pedantically announces:'That's your trouble. You want to be in love in the movies.'

FILM / Films that should come back from the dead: Independent riters campaign for the return of four classics: Kevin Jackson on The Lady Eve

The Palm Beach Story may be swifter and more brilliant; Sullivan's Travels may be at once more biting and more heartfelt. Yet there are strong grounds for maintaining that it's The Lady Eve which is Preston Sturges's real triumph, and, therefore, just about the best comedy on film. (Incidentally, all three were released in the same year as Citizen Kane, which makes 1941, an atrocious year for most of the planet, Hollywood's annus mirabilis.)

VIDEO / A League of Their Own (PG; 20/20)

Last summer's feel-good movie, and it really does. Geena Davis is strappingly radiant as the milkmaid turned baseball star, Madonna is not embarrassing, and Jon Lovitz is hilarious.

FILM / Here's shooting at you, Kid: Unforgiven; A League of Their Own

A MAN beside a grave, silhouetted by sunset: such is the image that opens and closes Unforgiven. It looks too corny by half, but then westerns have always taught us that really high-grade corn can ripen into poignancy. We know the liturgy so well - the lonesomeness, the matching crags of paleface and rockface, the coat peeled back like a curtain to show the holstered gun; it should go stale, but the promise of adventure feels more reliable every time. Come home to real gunfire.

FILM / Batting their eyelashes

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